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Farming

Experience needed

Telford Farm students Ihaka Ngapera and Jordan Olsen sharpen up their shearing skills in the woolshed. 5:01am New survey of farmers suggests a shortage of skilled workers affects all sectors of agriculture.

Payout cut expected

Fed 5:00am Fonterra farmers are bracing themselves for a $1 cut to the new season's forecast.

Judge's order stopped milking

Dairy 8 min ago Tjames farming company hit with $47,000 fine and ordered to stop milking until it fixed the overflowing effluent system.

Happy bull happy semen

Semen collecting Working with penises, semen and testicles is no laughing matter but a sense of humour is essential.

Dairying less dirty

Fed Fewer dairy farmers have been prosecuted for dirty dairying this year than previously.

Opinion poll

What is the main issue for farmers in the upcoming General Election?

Environmental policies that stigmatise farmers and erode income.

The high exchange rate.

Slow progress in upgrading rural broadband.

Rural communities under-represented in Parliament.

Vote Result

Politics stirs dirty water issue

A file photo of Manawatu River water being tested at Foxton Beach by a member of the Horizons Regional Council science team. Greens promise tough rules on farmers to make rivers safe for swimming, but at what cost, asks Federated Farmers?

Capturing wool's value

The wool levy vote in September is the opportunity for a fresh start for the industry.

How now Fonterra cow?

We're losing critical capability

Payout cut expected

Fed Fonterra farmers are bracing themselves for a $1 cut to the new season's forecast.

Dairying less dirty

Fewer dairy farmers have been prosecuted for dirty dairying this year than previously.

Milk price cloud 'will lift'

Move south celebrated

Judge's order stopped milking

Tjames farming company hit with $47,000 fine and ordered to stop milking until it fixed the overflowing effluent system.

Sustainable farm development

David Smith (second left) explains his reasons for fencing off 2.3km of the north branch of the Waikouaiti River to a Beef+LambNZ environmental planning workshop on his property. Enthusiastic environmental planning doesn't slow intensive programme of sustainable development on 1436ha in east Otago.

Red meat cooking again

The planets are lining up for red-meat farmers to put decades of low profits and lack of reinvestment behind them.

Confidence crisis

Beef, lamb exports near peak

Meat reform targeted

Rick Powdrell sees a tough three years in front of him as the new Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman.

Sainsbury's fund lamb R&D

Techion UK supermarket giant Sainsbury's is funding a small Dunedin agri-tech company.

Right time to resign

Alliance boss says a personal milestone and the brighter outlook for red meat make now a good time to move on.

Sheep placenta beauty treatment

UK union 'should stop bleating'

James had heavenly help

Sheep farmer among nominees for the Southland Environment Awards for his work preserving a block of native bush fondly dubbed "God's Garden".

Seeds rendered worthless

Carrots in flower for seed Some Canterbury farmers are facing big losses after bad weather ruined their seed crops.

Farmers feel drinking change

Fewer people are drinking beer and farmers are getting a hangover.

Hemp touted as crop

Residues in fruit, vegetables

Que syrah syrah

NZ can claim another victory over Australians - British wine drinkers prefer our vino to theirs.

Happy bull happy semen

Semen collecting Working with penises, semen and testicles is no laughing matter but a sense of humour is essential.

No oyster farm plan appeals

A Stewart Island aquaculture project has had no appeals lodged against it.

Farmers save energy, water

Evolving key to growing business

Experience needed

New survey of farmers suggests a shortage of skilled workers affects all sectors of agriculture.

Cows like to be cool, too

A cow leaves the shade for a drink. AgResearch scientist urges farmers to take note of what animals are telling them.

Drought planning pays off

Accepting the financial pain that comes with a drought makes decision-making easier during a stressful time.

Invaluable, but danger lurks

Keep watch on running costs

Take worries away from clifftops

Many moons ago I wrote that it is not work that kills farming men and women - it is worry.

A brave new world

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Sculpture's timely entry

A farmer's history as a hoarder proves a useful talent in visual arts.

Upbeat over tech future

Fieldays enrich new alliances

Bigger plans on the way for Fieldays

Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.